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The Best R-Rated Short Movies

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List of R-Rated short films, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best R-Rated short films and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated Short movie of all time is. This list of popular R-Rated short films includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top R-Rated Short movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great R-Rated Short films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated Short Film film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

Examples of movies on this list include 12 Monkeys and District 9.

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    District 9

    Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy

    Released2009

    Released2009

    Directed byNeill Blomkamp

    Directed byNeill Blomkamp

    District 9 is a 2009 science fiction film directed by Neill Blomkamp, released August 13, 2009. It takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa. District 9 is based on Alive in Joburg, a short film...  more

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    32
    3

    12 Monkeys

    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis

    Released1995

    Released1995

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    12 Monkeys, also known as Twelve Monkeys, is a 1995 American science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam, inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 short film La Jetée, and starring Bruce Willis, Madeleine...  more

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    30
    3

    Hide and Seek

    Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning

    Released2005

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn Polson

    Directed byJohn Polson

    Hide and Seek is a 2005 American horror film starring Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning. It was directed by John Polson. The film opened in the United States on January 28, 2005 and was a massive box...  more

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    22
    3

    Road to Nowhere

    Shannyn Sossamon, Dominique Swain

    Released2010

    Released2010

    Directed byMonte Hellman

    Directed byMonte Hellman

    Road to Nowhere is a 2010 American romance thriller independent film directed by Monte Hellman, written by Steven Gaydos, and starring Cliff De Young, Waylon Payne, Shannyn Sossamon, Tygh Runyan, and...  more
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    22
    4

    Air Force One

    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman

    Released1997

    Released1997

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    Air Force One is a 1997 American political action thriller film written by Andrew W. Marlowe and directed and co-produced by Wolfgang Petersen. It is about a group of Russian terrorists that hijack...  more

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    16
    4

    The Wrestler

    Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke

    Released2008

    Released2008

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

    The Wrestler is a 2008 American sports drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by Robert D. Siegel, and starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood. Production began in...  more

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    12
    5

    Tales of the Black Freighter

    Gerard Butler, Jared Harris

    Released2009

    Released2009

    Directed byDaniel DelPurgatorio, Mike Smith

    Directed byDaniel DelPurgatorio, Mike Smith

    Tales of the Black Freighter is a 2009 animated film directed by Daniel DelPurgatorio and Mike Smith, based on the fictional comic book featured in the Watchmen universe. A mariner (Gerard Butler)...  more
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    10
    3

    Cake

    Heather Graham, Sandra Oh

    Released2005

    Released2005

    Directed byNisha Ganatra, Jennifer Arzt

    Directed byNisha Ganatra, Jennifer Arzt

    Cake is a 2005 romantic comedy film directed by Nisha Ganatra....  more
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    8
    2

    Out of the Ashes

    Beau Bridges, Zoie Palmer

    Released2003

    Released2003

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

    Out of the Ashes is a made-for-television movie that was released by Showtime. It is a dramatization of the life of Holocaust concentration camp survivor Gisella Perl and is based on her book I Was a...  more
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    8
    3

    Nick of Time

    Johnny Depp, Christopher Walken

    Released1995

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn Badham

    Directed byJohn Badham

    Nick of Time, starring Johnny Depp, Christopher Walken, Charles S. Dutton and Courtney Chase, is a 1995 political thriller film. It was directed by John Badham. It is noteworthy for taking place in...  more

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    8
    3

    Aria

    Elizabeth Hurley, John Hurt

    Released1987

    Released1987

    Directed byKen Russell, Julien Temple, Bruce Beresford, Bill Bryden, Jean-Luc Godard

    Directed byKen Russell, Julien Temple, Bruce Beresford, Bill Bryden, Jean-Luc Godard

    Aria is a 1987 British anthology film produced by Don Boyd from Virgin Group's visual section consisting of ten short films by a variety of directors. It was entered into the 1987 Cannes Film...  more
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    6
    2

    Camouflage

    Leslie Nielsen, Vanessa Angel

    Released2001

    Released2001

    Directed byJames Keach

    Directed byJames Keach

    Camouflage is a 2001 comedy film/action film starring Leslie Nielsen and Lochlyn Munro....  more
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    6
    3

    Knock Off

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Rob Schneider

    Released1998

    Released1998

    Directed byTsui Hark

    Directed byTsui Hark

    Knock Off is a 1998 American action film directed by Tsui Hark, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Rob Schneider. The film was released in the United States on September 4, 1998. The title is a...  more

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    4
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    The Savages

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laura Linney

    Released2007

    Released2007

    Directed byTamara Jenkins

    Directed byTamara Jenkins

    The Savages is a 2007 American drama film, written and directed by Tamara Jenkins. It stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival....  more
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    4
    3

    Stricken

    Hayley Mills

    Released2005

    Released2005

    Directed byJayce Bartok, Christopher J. Scott

    Directed byJayce Bartok, Christopher J. Scott

    Stricken is a short film (2005) written, directed and produced by Jayce Bartok. Its tagline is: "A quirky, short drama about three very different women who only happen to be related." The film stars...  more
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    2
    2

    Capone

    Sylvester Stallone, John Cassavetes

    Released1975

    Released1975

    Directed bySteve Carver

    Directed bySteve Carver

    Capone is an American crime film directed by Steve Carver and stars Ben Gazzara, Harry Guardino, Susan Blakely and Sylvester Stallone in an early film appearance. The movie is a biography of the...  more
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    4
    2

    Spider

    Joel Edgerton, David Michôd

    Released2007

    Released2007

    Directed byNash Edgerton

    Directed byNash Edgerton

    Spider is a 2007 film directed by Nash Edgerton....  more
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    0
    1

    The Contract

    Louise Fletcher, Amy Weber

    Released2002

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven R. Monroe

    Directed bySteven R. Monroe

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    2
    3

    Protagonist

    Marina Sirtis, Chris Diamantopoulos

    Released2007

    Released2007

    Directed byJessica Yu

    Directed byJessica Yu

    PROTAGONIST is a riveting and provocative documentary that explores the psychological transformation of the modern character. Inspired by Greek drama, Academy Award® winning director Jessica Yu...  more
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    2
    2

    Full Count

    Austin Nichols, Augustin Kennady

    Released2006

    Released2006

    Directed byAugustin Kennady, Andre Martinez

    Directed byAugustin Kennady, Andre Martinez

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    0
    1

    Showdown

    Lou Rawls, Jay Acovone

    Released1998

    Released1998

    Directed byIsadore Sparber, Guy Magar

    Directed byIsadore Sparber, Guy Magar

    Showdown is the eleventh of seventeen animated Technicolor short films based upon the DC Comics character Superman.Produced by Famous Studios, the plot focuses on a criminal who impersonates Superman...  more
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    2
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    Broken Wings

    Orly Silbersatz Banai, Dana Ivgy

    Released2002

    Released2002

    Directed byNir Bergmann

    Directed byNir Bergmann

    Broken Wings is a 2002 film directed by Nir Bergman....  more
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    0
    2

    Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows

    Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin

    Released1998

    Released1998

    Directed byPaul Jay

    Directed byPaul Jay

    The life and career of Bret Hart is recounted from his youth, through the start of his career, his years in the WWF, up to the present day. Bret discusses the high and lows of his career and shows...  more
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    0
    1

    State Property 2

    Kanye West, Mariah Carey

    Released2005

    Released2005

    Directed byDamon Dash

    Directed byDamon Dash

    State Property 2 is a 2005 American crime film directed by Damon Dash and produced and distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment. A sequel to 2002's State Property, the film stars rap artists and other...  more
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    2
    2

    The Arrangement

    Kirk Douglas, Faye Dunaway

    Released1967

    Released1967

    Directed byElia Kazan

    Directed byElia Kazan

    THE ARRANGEMENT a documentary by Nathalie Borgers shows the portraits of several young people sharing a similar background -- they are all descending from Turkish families but have been growing up in...  more